contemporary realistic fiction
This book was lovely. A hard story to read - Amal's childhood in Pakistan is turned upside down when she mouths back at someone at the market. Her father owes this man a considerable amount of money, and the man takes her as an indentured servant to repay the debt. She finds a found family in the other indentured servants, but that doesn't help the ache from missing her family. Books also become a main theme. Would recommend
This book is a middle grade story, about a girl named Amal who's life drastically changed when she spoke against a powerful local landlord who crushed her dreams in an instant. This book was incredibly beautiful and I loved it more than I expected I would. It's simple and moving at the same time teaching the lessons we often tend to forget, of courage, and determination and resilience. Also the cover art is stunning.
I loved this! The audiobook wasn‘t doing it for me, but switching to the ebook was just what I needed. What a great story about a Pakistani girl who talks back to the wrong person and is forced to become an indentured servant to the local landlord. It‘s about relationships and courage. Highly recommend!
2nd #middlegrademarch pick, for the prompt to read a book set in another country. Sometimes MG is just what you need. This was quick & enjoyable, & I really liked Amal. She‘s brave & big-hearted, but still a kid who is unsure of herself & makes some bad impulsive choices. Saeed did well to show the truth of Amal‘s situation of servitude w/o seeming hopeless. Did think the dialogue was too grownup at times, & it wrapped up a bit too easily. 3/5 ⭐️
Hi to Group B for the next round of Litsy Markup Postal Book Club! I took 2 rounds off and am psyched to get back into it. #lmpbc
I‘m starting to think about which book to do. How do you feel about these 3 books? Any that you haven‘t read but want to? @LibrarianRyan @MissAimz_55 @amber_ldsmom
Middle-grade about a bright young girl in Pakistan who is attempting to get an education and go to college but due to unpaid debts her life veers off course and she must figure out a way to overcome these circumstances. Good introduction to the obstacles many around the world and particularly girls face in obtaining even a basic education. #booked2019 #diversemiddlegrade
Amal helps her mother, and loves attending school in Pakistan. Some day she plans to attend university. On a trip to the market all her plans are suddenly upended when the vicious village landlord is upset by her words after almost running her over. In anger he recalls her family‘s debt and she‘s forced into indentured servitude.
Heartbreaking, powerful, and ultimately hopeful.
This was a good middle grade book. It provided a good picture into what life is like for a girl in a Muslim country, but ended with an optimistic sense of agency.
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This middle grades book was an enjoyable, eye-opening read. I wish books like this had existed when I was 11 years old or so. The main character is a smart, strong young Pakistani girl with big dreams. When her dreams are shattered by indentured servitude, she learns of a whole other world and realizes too late that she took her life and family for granted. I definitely recommend this book, it would be good middle school reading material.
Definitely a #mustread. A wonderful story about doing what‘s right and finding your voice to speak up for yourself even when hope seems lost.
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A little background info. from the author: #87 Aisha Saeed - AMAL UNBOUND Unraveled by The Yarn https://player.fm/1uqzKj
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"[Saeed's novel] provides a window into hierarchical structures that exist in societies globally, and serves to tell a story of a girl who questions and acts against the status quo." https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/volume-xi-issue-2/3/ #MiddleGrade
I think I‘m actually enjoying my long in progress reads as much or more than any of the books I finished in January. All of them were enjoyable, but I don‘t think any will make my favorites for the year.
Amal is a strong girl who isn‘t afraid to stand up for what she believes in. This book is a realistic look at a different culture and was eye-opening for me.
I highly recommend this to middle grade readers and librarians.
I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a wonderful job.
I read this for #LitsyAtoZ Challenge
It was an interesting and eye-opening look into life in a small Pakistani village including indentured servitude, male children still being seen as more desirable and the powerful ruling those with less. I'm glad I read it because I was hesitant to add it to the school collection, but definitely will now. #mgbuddyread